The use of secondhand goods seems to have taken a new turn with secondhand weaves gaining popularity.
In an interview with Tuko, Stella, a secondhand hair vendor based in Korogocho Market, spoke about how she sources the hair saying, “We go for them at Best Lady, Kenya Cinema, Re-insurance [Plaza]. Those are buildings that salonists all know. We go and buy them there.”
A bundle of hair can go for about Sh. 800. Sarah explains that once they collect the hair, they proceed to wash it thoroughly, dry it, trim and then apply some product to make it appealing to their customers.
According to Tuko, at least 300 women are earning a living from this trade, using the proceeds to provide for their families. The weaves go for as little as Sh. 200 depending on the type and length.
Apart from selling the secondhand hair, Sarah also installs the weaves and on a good day can get up to six clients.
She urges those who are against the use of secondhand hair to stop since the hair is good, it is cleaned before reuse and the vendors themselves also use the hair.
Would you wear a secondhand weave?